It’s so easy to pick up your phone and play a quick game or scroll through social media when you need to wind down, but sometimes it’s important to step away from the screen and enjoy some tech free time.
Given that we’ve all been tech reliant for so long, sometimes it can be hard to adjust, especially as your phone is right there next to you. However, incorporating just a little bit of tech free time into your day can help you to relax and to just be alone without relying on your screen for entertainment.
Here are 10 of our favourite tech free activities that you can try!
1. Jigsaw Puzzles
I am SO into jigsaw puzzles right now. I always have one on the go at home and I have one I’m working on at the office too for when I need to step away from spreadsheets! I usually work on my jigsaws while I’m watching TV, but it works well to pair it with music or conversation with someone too if you’d like to disconnect from technology. There are some really awesome ones available at the moment too – from pop culture ones that you may be interested in, super challenging ones – or simple relaxing travel related puzzles that inspire you to go on an adventure. Here are a few that we’re loving right now;
1000 Pieces | $35.99
1000 Pieces | $34.30
500 Pieces | $24.95
100 Pieces | $9.43
2. Organise Photos
I don’t know about you – but we have boxes of old photos that never get touched or looked at. Lately, if I have some time, I’ve been categorising the photos into years with the goal to then scan the photos and print them into books for my family. While the end goal uses technology – there is hours of sorting that needs to be done first. It’s so fun coming across old pictures and reminiscing on better days!
Most of the time I’m cooking, I have a recipe on one screen and something fun to watch on another. It’s crazy. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than digging out an actual hard copy cook-book, finding a recipe you have the ingredients for, putting some music on (and the player out of reach) and making yourself dinner or an awesome snack. Here are eight recipes using basic ingredients that you can print off & use
- Scrambled Egg Muffins
- Five Ingredient Coconut Curry
- Three Bean Chili
- Fruit Sweetened Cookies
- Five Ingredient Tomato Soup
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- No Bake Energy Bites
- Rice Bowl with Fried Egg
4. Move Some Furniture
When I moved into my house, I put the furniture where it seemed like it should go and that’s where it has stayed many years later. But, have you considered flipping a room? Is your TV really in the right spot, or what would it look like if you turned your coffee table around the other way? Even if it doesn’t look or feel right when you’re done, at least now you’ve tried it, got a sneaky little workout in & spent some time on your feet away from your phone. It’s a bonus if it looks great! You know what they say about change being as good as a holiday? It’s not, but change can be nice.
5. Do A Lego Kit
I know, I know, you’re not eight. But the second best feeling to being a kid again, is acting like it! I recently bought some lego (and then some more) and I find following instructions and creating something cool so much fun! It’s really theraputic keeping your hands busy for a little bit and there are so many different kits you can buy. I recently did this awesome Fantastic Beasts Lego set, but here are some others you could try;
6. Clean Something
Remember that time a week ago when you heated up some leftover pasta in the microwave and it splattered a bit, but you wanted to eat your pasta so you just left it and said you’d deal with it later? Well, later is now! Go and clean your microwave, wipe down the mirrors in your house & clean the crisper in your fridge. Put some incense on, stick a timer on for 30 minutes and see how many of those little jobs you can smash out. You’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Did you know that before solitaire was on your phone and computer, it was a hard copy, tangible card game for one! Grab those cards you use for drinking games and use it for something that will actually make you feel good – Solitaire. There is classic Solitaire but there are also other one-person card games you can try. If you need to brush up on how to play, you can check out the instructions HERE.
I know that every list like this mentions colouring, but did you know that there are now other types of activity books for adults that will get you away from a screen? Colour by number & join the dots to name a couple! Instead of building a gun out of your Faber-Castell connector pens, put them to better use. Here are a few that we recommend
9. Organise Your Books
What does your bookshelf or pile of books next to your bed look like right now? Are you someone who colour co-ordinates your books, or do you arrange them alphabetically? By height, or do you mix them up? It’s time to try something new! Take all your books from around your house, dust off those shelves, sell or donate those that you don’t use, and organise them back onto your shelf. You may even come across a few you forgot you had and you can read them too (another bonus tech-free activity!)
10. Listen To A Podcast
I spend a lot of time commuting and rather than listening to music and scrolling through social media, I often like listening to podcasts instead. It’s a great way to learn something new or to have a laugh with minimal effort. There are SO many out there in a huge array of categories, ones that are pure comedy, some that make you think, some on specific topics and some that are different each episodes. I personally love a mix of health related podcasts so I can work on my own journey, and also light hearted comedy podcasts. Here are a few that I’d recommend
We have a few more ideas, but we’ll save them for a post to come. As always, if you have any questions or other ideas you’d like to share – please let us know below!